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Senor Mabini, the strongest counsellor of Aguinaldo and his Congress in the Philippines, has addressed a letter to the correspondents in the Philippines in which he request that Congress either nominate a civil commission which may put itself in contact with the influential Filipinos, or permit a commission of Filipinos to come to Washington to express the desires of the people. Washington officials say that the Filipinos must first surrender, and then they will be given a full and free conference, with a view of granting them the largest measure of self-government.

The reading room for newspapers and periodicals in the library of Congress is said to be the largest newspaper reading room in the world. Five hundred American daily newspapers and one hundred foreign papers, mostly daily, are subscribed for. Every State in the Union is represented, with all the colonial possessions. The weekly and monthly periodicals number about two thousand. The files are arranged alphabetically by States and counties for the convenience of visitors from different parts of the United States and from foreign countries.

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